Gordon Evans

News Reporter/Producer

WMUK's Gordon Evans is an accomplished reporter and interviewer. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he came to WMUK from WAAM in Ann Arbor.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, center, joins with lawmakers and others calling for expanding the state's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in the Capitol building. By David Eggert, AP
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Equality Michigan Executive Director Erin Knott says “you can get married on Saturday, and fired on Monday for who you love” in Michigan. That’s why Knott, who is also Kalamazoo’s Vice Mayor says it’s critically important to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law.


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Equality Michigan Executive Director Erin Knott says 2020 will be an important election year for equality of LGBTQ people as well as other issues. She says it’s important to mobilize people and talk about “issues that matter.” Knott is also Kalamazoo’s Vice Mayor, she was named Executive Director of Equality Michigan in May. Knott had been leading the LGBTQ advocacy organization since late last year on an interim basis. 


Detroit Tigers outfielder Charlie Maxwell waves goodbye outside Tiger Stadium in Detroit June 25, 1962, after the ball club announced he had been traded to the Chicago White Sox
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Paw Paw Village Council President Roman Plaszczak says people ask often if Charlie Maxwell is “still around”. The man who became known as the “Sunday Punch” during his major league baseball career will be the special guest on Sunday June 9th when an exhibit on the history of baseball opens at the Carnegie Center in Paw Paw.


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A new exhibit on the history of baseball in Paw Paw includes bats, balls, scorecards and other items. Village Council President Roman Plaszczak says former major league all-star Charlie Maxwell has donated bats, gloves and one of the uniforms he wore for the Detroit Tigers.

Maxwell will be the special guest for the opening of the exhibit on Sunday June 9th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carnegie Center in Paw Paw. Maxwell played 14 years in the majors, including six full seasons, and parts of two others with the Tigers. Among his nicknames was “Paw Paw” for his hometown.


Polar Bear Monument in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan, sculptor Leon Hermant. Photo by Bolandera from Wikimedia Commons
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When President Woodrow Wilson agreed to send American troops to northern Russia in 1918, it was only to guard stores in Archangel. But it didn’t take long for the Americans to find themselves in combat with Bolshevik soldiers. Author James Carl Nelson tells the story in his book The Polar Bear Expedition: The Heroes of America’s Forgotten Invasion of Russia, 1918-1919. Note: This interview was originally broadcast in February


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